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U15 participants on this year's Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program boys’ team were: (front row, from left) Zach Ross, Logan Dahlin, Henry Campbell, David Olsen, Matt Magnuson, Popo Perrault and Woody Waugh; and (back row, from left) Julie Reichoff, Elizabeth Nordell, Max Peterson, Conor Feyen, Scott McInnery, Jacob Wright, AJ Harris, Tim Johnson , Michael Reichoff and Rudy Perrault.1 / 5
U15 participants on this year's Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program girls’ team were: (front row, from left) Catherine Karakas, Ashley Albertson, Julia Severance, Mary Johnson, Cora Samuelson and Elena Davidson; and (back row, from left) Riley Rourke, Lucy Campbell, Rich Mowers, Bella Kartch, Annika Gunnerson, Elsa Mowers, Emma Johnson, Grace Thorton, Allison Anderson, Hailey Coda, Justine Rinerson and Amy Albertson.2 / 5
U16 participants on this year's Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program girls’ team were: (front row, from left) Amber Zierden, Noelle Stellmaker, Brooke Heikkila, Mullen Johnson, Lexi Cooke, Abby Olson and Steve Samuelson; and (back row, from left) Rachel Skwira-Brown, Brita Mowers, Anakka Milburn, Katherine Seidelmann, Mikayla Achman, Sienna Finley, Kate Tomey, Samantha Mark, Laine Williams, Leila Samuelson, Julie Samuelson and Sondra Mowers.3 / 5
The Opening Ceremony of this year’s Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Cup, held this year in Vaxjo, Sweden.4 / 5
U15 participants on this year's Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program boys’ team were: (front row, from left) Daniel Gustafson, Owen Wilcox, Karsten Fetter and Wyatt Messner; and (back row, from left) Jack Kellner, Jack Worley, Jack Mitchell, Micah Heazlett, Henry Ringdahl, Adam Kanstedt and Hugo Carlsson.5 / 5

Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program

Players participating in the Duluth Vaxjo Sister City Soccer Exchange Program returned from their trip to Vaxjo, Sweden, in early July. Vaxjo is Duluth's Swedish sister city.

The Soccer Exchange Program, which has been going strong for almost 20 years, consists of four teams of U15 and U16 boys and girls from both Duluth and Vaxjo. The Duluth teams are made up of players from Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Esko, Cloquet and Superior. Players enter the Program when they are 15 and are matched with other 15-year-old players from Vaxjo. The matches remain together during the player's 2-year program participation. Each summer Duluth and Vaxjo alternate hosting the Sister City Soccer Cup. The visiting player lives with the family of his or her counterpart during the exchange.

This year the Duluth teams traveled to Vaxjo to stay with their host families. Players experienced home life in Sweden including attending Sweden's Mid-Summerfest celebration. In addition, the program provides opportunities for players to take side trips to other areas of Sweden.

During the final weekend of the group's stay, the teams participated in the Sister City Soccer Cup in which the Duluth teams competed against their host player's team along with other competitive teams from the Vaxjo area.

Through participation in the program the players experience the culture of another country, while Registration is open for the 2018-19 season for players born in 2003 (U15 players). A maximum of 16 players per team (one girls team, one boys team) is allowed. Applicants should have some competitive soccer experience. DVSE offers fundraising opportunities to offset the cost of the trip. Go to www.sistercitysoccer.org or email sistercitysoccer@gmail.com for more information.

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